About ArohArt

Precious artefacts, hand-made taonga, locally carved pounamu, high end art, traditional Māori crafts, books including Dr Zeuss in te reo Māori! Arohart. Authentic Māori Art Gallery gives you an authentic Māori experience, guaranteeing that everything you see and touch is Māori made and the genuine article.

Paintings, photography, sculptures, carved pieces, colouring books, games and apparel, rongoa, the range is eclectic, beautifully crafted and genuine.

You’ll also find t-shirts and hats that celebrate Thames and Hauraki region, all designed and created by the owners, mother and son duo Aroha and Tikirau Hathaway.

ArohArt. is more than an art shop: it is a heartbeat that keeps its local Māori community alive and celebrates what it means to be from one of the most beautiful places in Aotearoa. 

ArohArt. has become a hub for all things Māori.  Free te reo Māori and weaving classes take place on a regular basis with more workshops being added to the calendar frequently.

Aroha Hathaway is of Tūhoe, Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngā Puhi heritage, but was born in Thames (at the local hospital) and Thames is her home. She’s graced New Zealand’s airwaves and screens for nearly 30 years and contributes to her industry and community at all levels. An artist, performing artist, radio executive board member and Māori celebrator, Aroha now adds the role of Company Director to her kete.

Tikirau Hathaway (Tūhoe, Ngā Puhi and Ngāti Whanaunga certified artist) is in his final year of studying graphic design and currently works as a graphic artist at Mediaworks. He’s an accomplished actor and film and television contributor.

Arohart website wouldn’t be possible without the support of Creative NZ.